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Poe Poe Poe Poe Poe Poe Poe: Part I

I have found a fascinating document of U.S. intellectual history. Published in 1973, it is poet laureate Daniel Hoffman’s Poe Poe Poe Poe Poe Poe Poe— yes, that’s seven Poes– one of the most curious works of literary criticism you will ever read. Hoffman, who bears a striking (and eerie) resemblance to his subject, Edgar Allan Poe, calls the book: “This, my chronicle of Poe’s life and work and reputation and influence and how Edgarpoe wormed his way into my guts and gizzard and haunted my brain and laid a spell upon my soul which this long harangue is an Read more